JOB: VANCOUVER, BC – Feeding Growth, Project Coordinator

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 09, 2019

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Feeding Growth, an initiative that supports progressive food businesses in Vancouver, BC, is hiring a part-time Project Coordinator!

We’re looking for someone to help expand and strengthen our community. This is a part-time, hourly position that could complement well another part-time position. And there is a lot of opportunity for growth.

Our dream? A caring and easy-going food entrepreneur supporter, a planning and organization wizard, and a “get things done” warrior – all in one person, available from June to December (and likely beyond this if there’s interest). 

About Feeding Growth

Through community engagement and education activities, the Feeding Growth community of food leaders, supporters, businesses, and organizations works together to amplify the local food economy by assisting the producers of exceptional, healthy, sustainable, and socially responsible retail and packaged goods companies.

We believe British Columbia can be a globally recognized centre for the production and innovation of environmentally progressive, natural and/or organic, ethical, and socially responsible retail and packaged goods foods.

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Job Summary

The Feeding Growth Project is an education and community building initiative that aims to amplify the local food economy by supporting and growing a resilient, socially just, and globally significant community of British Columbia-based, progressive food businesses. The initiative’s focus is on helping progressive businesses build community, capacity, sales, and sustainability through workshops, networking events, and resource development. Through UBC Farm’s Centre for Sustainable Food Systems and other partners and supporters, food entrepreneurs supported by Feeding Growth also receive access to recipe testing, nutritional analysis, food safety, and other product and business development support.

The Feeding Growth Project Coordinator’s overarching function is to enhance the cohesiveness of Feeding Growth’s educational programming, resources and community. As such, the Project Coordinator will be responsible for a variety of tasks from fielding inquiries to spearheading the planning and delivery of the Feeding Growth Scale Your Progressive Food Business workshops series to building relationships as a Feeding Growth ambassador.

Organizational Status

The Feeding Growth Project Coordinator reports to the Manager, Community-Engaged Education and Partnerships at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm. The coordinator will also actively work with Feeding Growth’s core partners Vancity and Fluid Creative.

Work Performed

  • Manages, develops and implements the Feeding Growth Scale Your Progressive Food Business workshop series’ including developing curriculum, materials, evaluation tools and managing budgets;
  • Researches, identifies and confirms industry experts’ attendance at the workshop series;
  • Evaluates the workshop series and identifies opportunities for workshop series growth;
  • Plans the logistical details of the workshop series (e.g., registration, venue, food, supplies);
  • Represents Feeding Growth’s vision at local food business and sustainability events;
  • Reviews data and provides reports on activities to Feeding Growth Advisory Committee (Vancity and Fluid Creative);
  • Manages the Feeding Growth website, mailing list, and social media accounts;
  • Engages BC residents to learn more about their local, progressive food industry using social media platforms and outreach materials;
  • Performs other duties as necessary.

Supervision Received

The position reports to the Manager, Community-Engaged Education & Partnerships and is expected to work autonomously.

Supervision Given

May supervise student workers.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Work is expected to be performed at a high level of accuracy. Must exercise judgment based upon a clear understanding of the importance of relationship building and communication best practices. Errors in judgment may impact the short/long term human resource, financial and operational activities of the project such as a decrease in quality and effectiveness of the services provided and affect the integrity and reputation of the project, CSFS, Faculty and the University. Incorrect application of project values and best practices could result in potential loss in research and/or donation funding.

Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum of two years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of BC’s food entrepreneurship and food processing industries; Experience in one or several of the following: curriculum creation and delivery, community building, event planning and project management;. Ability to build meaningful relationships and lead teams of volunteer industry experts; Proven relationship building and maintenance skills; and conflict management skills are essential. Ability to conduct needs analyses, plan, organize, manage, monitor, complete, and evaluate projects within allocated time and resources; Ability to work independently with minimal supervision; Ability to be thorough, accurate, and have a high level of attention to detail; Ability to strategically steer the program for long term sustainability; Ability to assign and delegate work to co-workers; Engaging and comfortable public speaker; Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Job Details

Term: June 1-December 31, 2019 with possibility of extension.

Hours: Part-time. The hours will be approximately 5hrs/week until August, then 10hrs/week until December.

Wage: $26.91 (minimum) – $32.31 (midpoint) – $38.77 (maximum).
Guiding principle: “Midpoint” of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

More details available here.

How to Apply

Apply online here.

Deadline to apply May 12, 2019. 

When applying, please indicate that you saw this posting at Youngagrarians.org.

Learn More About Bite Me Organics

Websitehttp://ubcfarm.ubc.ca/feeding-growth/

Facebook: Feeding Growth

Instagram: @feedinggrowth

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